The Sport of the Gods

Influence

Robert Levy, a prolific producer of race films in the 1920s, earned the rights to adapt The Sport of Gods; his film version of the novel debuted in Chicago in 1921. While the most prominent roles went to black actors, Levy also selected whites for small parts, marking a breakthrough in biracialism in the entertainment industry. Billboard magazine carried a notice for the opening on its main motion picture page, making it the first time this level of recognition had ever been paid to a race film.

In 2008, the United States Postal Service chose to feature the promotional poster for The Sport of Gods movie on a commemorative stamp as part of its "Vintage Black Cinema" release.[1] Although no copies of the film are known to survive, some theater bills, production stills, and film reviews do exist.


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